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Week 12 Takes: Playoff scenarios, defensive trends & bowl chances

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Most experts agree that an unbeaten Big Ten champion will seize a spot in the four-team college football playoff, but what about a one-loss Michigan State squad? Speaking of Michigan, keep an eye on its rush defense. And Indiana is fighting for its bowl life. Read these takes and more leading into a very intriguing Big Ten Week 12 in football.

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Volleyball Report: Big Ten teams on the NCAA Tourney bubble

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The Wolverines’ first win in program history in Rec Hall over No. 4 Penn State was not just a school first, but a huge addition to Michigan’s tournament resume. With back-to-back wins over ranked teams including a Top 5 victory, Michigan’s hopes for a postseason berth seem considerably different than a week ago. Mark Rosen’s team had lost four straight matches and did not have a marquee win on the season. Now the Wolverines will see their RPI rise and have a chance to earn a .500-or-better record in the conference if they can win two of their final three.

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BTN analyst Jon Crispin: A few words on Badgers, Hoosiers & Spartans

Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) dribbles the ball  in the first half of the game against the Austin Peay Governors at Assembly Hall. Indiana Hoosiers beat the Austin Peay Governors 102-76.

Yogi Ferrell sparkles early for IU

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First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois.

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